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Sazabee
July 15, 2014, 4:11 AM
Hey guys!

It's been awhile since I've worked on anything so I decided to try and tackle on this kit.

It is Hobby Crazy's 1/35 Hi Nu Bust and it even came with LEDs and Springs!

I've never done anything like this so it'll be an experience for me!

I'm also going to be using Mr. Color paints! Made the switch and sold all my Tamiya (Excluding the Clear Colors) and going to try and see if I can get better results using Mr. Color

Also sold my old Neo Iwata (OLD TRUSTY) and got myself a Master G23 I believe. It was fairly cheap ($40~) and it came with .2,.3 & .5 Needle. Best part was it fits all my Iwata stuff so I kept my Pistol Grip Water Trap.

And I managed to snag myself some of that Vallejo Primer! (Saw good results on a friends kit so why not? Even though I have Surfacer, the ease of not having to mix is so good lol)

Anyways here's the Snap Built kit.

I'm slowly in the process of sanding and trying to see what I can do to make it less crappy before I paint it.

http://i.imgur.com/USIFiKkl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/DHA2SeMl.jpg

I love how the Fins look, oh gosh.

http://i.imgur.com/j6rD9Krl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/yI2CnIEl.jpg

This isn't a very flattering picture but trust me when I say the kit is gorgeous!

http://i.imgur.com/XNIrBL2l.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/iemmn0gl.jpg[img]

Almost complete, just needed the actual basey part.

[img]http://i.imgur.com/GqkAceyl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/6yjkbbfl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/4IGsD2nl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/EVMjHiSl.jpg

That's it for the pictures.

I did all these IIRC about 2 weeks ago lol.

The plastic has some very noticeable imperfections and I appreciate Bandai so much more seeing this.

Not anything I can't work around but it's definitely still bothersome.

I'm going to be entering this kit in my local IPMS competition(1st I've heard of them too lol) which is in October.

Intending to enter this, the Nu & Strike Freedom in the Science Fact/Fiction part :P

Anyways hope ya'll can help me in this journey/project once more and let's take another award!

G'night ya'll!~

Kenico
July 15, 2014, 4:43 AM
Super Jelly Saz! Nice Grab and nice build!!! :D

thwalker13
July 15, 2014, 7:38 AM
Really awesome looking stuff. I had seen that kit posted around, and thought it was a resin kit. Kinda wish I had picked up now. But I can't wait to see it being painted. How much detail does the framework have?

Squee
July 15, 2014, 8:54 AM
Really awesome looking stuff. I had seen that kit posted around, and thought it was a resin kit. Kinda wish I had picked up now. But I can't wait to see it being painted. How much detail does the framework have?


I think you probably thought that because this is just a plastic copy of a resin kit. "3rd party" plamo companies latest thing the past couple of years is to just copy resin kits and sell them as their own. :/

Plamobot
July 15, 2014, 8:57 AM
That looks pretty awesome! Do they make other heads?

Dlinker
July 15, 2014, 10:52 AM
Nice, this will be very interesting to see unfold. It looks to have a crapload of details to worry about. Makes me wonder if it will need the same amount of prep work as the resin version.

thwalker13
July 15, 2014, 12:11 PM
@Squee: You're most likely right. Wish I had gotten this now.

Zaku
July 15, 2014, 1:04 PM
This really neat. Do they make other ones? And are you planning any other upgrades?

Sazabee
July 15, 2014, 6:39 PM
Super Jelly Saz! Nice Grab and nice build!!! :D

This really neat. Do they make other ones? And are you planning any other upgrades?

That looks pretty awesome! Do they make other heads?
Thanks ya'll and I don't believe Hobby Crazy made any other Busts but how I wish they did cause I want the 1/24 Strike Gundam Bust ugggghhh damn.

Nice, this will be very interesting to see unfold. It looks to have a crapload of details to worry about. Makes me wonder if it will need the same amount of prep work as the resin version.

Really awesome looking stuff. I had seen that kit posted around, and thought it was a resin kit. Kinda wish I had picked up now. But I can't wait to see it being painted. How much detail does the framework have?
This really does have alot of detail since it was based off a Resin Cast I believe (Squee correct me if I'm wrong!) and oh god the amount of masking... I'm not very good at masking but uggggghhhh I need to treat this project right.

Even the internals have ridiculous amounts of detail so I'm wanting to do it justice.

I'll be sanding the pieces tonight (more since I'd done all the Blue Parts last night). Thoughts wether I should change the color scheme or stick with the original one?

Dlinker
July 16, 2014, 1:15 AM
I would stick to the original colors, though maybe changing the white tone a little bit to make it easier to paint. This way, more focus can be on getting everything done right rather than also worrying about whether a custom color scheme will look okay.

outamyhead
July 16, 2014, 2:47 AM
Look forward to seeing how this goes, only seen a couple of these types of kit.

Squee
July 16, 2014, 8:20 AM
How about the Orange look:
http://www.g-system-models.com/pic/24-002-HI-NU-HEAD-r/1-24-hi-nu-head-r.jpg

Or more of a violet instead of blue?

thwalker13
July 16, 2014, 8:38 AM
Very interesting take on it. I think I'd take the violet version, or blue.

Sazabee
July 16, 2014, 10:27 AM
The Violet/Blue one sounds very good... I might just swing it that way lol.

Any of ya'll part of the IPMS forums? I registered quite some days ago and have yet to get access to it :|

Chaser90EK
July 16, 2014, 12:06 PM
I need to buy and build a few of these and then steal all the busts from the English department and replace them with these >.>

Plamobot
July 16, 2014, 12:20 PM
Go for it! Spray paint 'em bronze. :D

Sazabee
August 9, 2014, 10:02 PM
It has been quite some time since I did anything related to Gunpla but I did get some work done on the bust this week!

I was able to paint the Blue Parts & also the Yellow/Orange Mix Parts that I have.

The Blue had some masking to do for the likes of bolts, etc and I am definitely not a fan of masking x.x

http://i.imgur.com/LAb2cABl.jpg

Example

http://i.imgur.com/xkEEp57l.jpg

I do like how this came out, I got lazy and sprayed the Chrome-ish parts Mr. Color Black then some Alclad and for the Red parts of it is some Tamiya Clear Red.

http://i.imgur.com/hAzQ2ntl.jpg

The Yellow/Orange looks mad vibrant so I'm happy about that lol.

Anyways hopefully I can top-coat these pieces and do decals so I can move on to the other parts of this bust.

Zaku
August 9, 2014, 10:19 PM
Masking does suck but its looks like it turned out quite well

Squee
August 9, 2014, 10:43 PM
Looking good!

thwalker13
August 10, 2014, 5:49 PM
This is looking really good so far man. All those little details will really look awesome once the whole thing is put together.

jayhat100
August 12, 2014, 5:42 PM
Love the blue, will have to say the bust look like fun builds

Sazabee
August 15, 2014, 2:03 AM
Thanks ya'll.

I got some work done today lol.

Got the Blues Decal and Painted and same goes with the Yellow Parts :D

3 Coats of Future and it looks pretty good I think :|

http://i.imgur.com/0IZ1YU9l.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/CmGZ0JDl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/nZILTJCl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/nVuN8l0l.jpg

The Orange looks different than in the pictures, since it has a tint of Orange on it.

Also got the Red parts primered and ready for paint tomorrow!

http://i.imgur.com/zelcIhXl.jpg

Looking forward to getting this kit done x.x

Squee
August 15, 2014, 3:03 AM
I really like that you've toned down on your shading.

Zaku
August 15, 2014, 3:12 AM
Me too. Not that i dont like your Nu gundam but the shading is crazy on it.

thwalker13
August 15, 2014, 9:03 AM
Some awesome work on this man. Those decals will really stand out on the pretty blue.

Dlinker
August 15, 2014, 11:13 AM
The colors are looking lovely. Nice and crisp. Decal work is looking great too.

Sazabee
August 24, 2014, 3:19 AM
Thanks ya'll.

Been awhile but got some more work done. The more I start wrapping up the bust, the more excited I get to actually start on a MG lol.

Anyways pics.

http://i.imgur.com/TN7J9cA.jpg

These parts we're both painted with the same paint. One is buffed using a Microfiber cloth and the other not. I kind of like how it looks... it even smooths out after being buffed. It is the Model Master Metallizer Gunmetal. Didn't require thinning and is essentially a cheaper version of Alclad :P

http://i.imgur.com/Gjl49Nm.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/m4FZ9b2.jpg

The picture doesn't do the kit justice at all... it looks much better in person lol

http://i.imgur.com/4ItrwNA.jpg

Some painted parts!

http://i.imgur.com/ycJwbCC.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/VPl5tzt.jpg

Some LED Work.

I've yet to paint these clear parts the proper Clear Green... and actually I'd like to turn to ya'll and see how I could go about doing that...

Would it stick? Or is there an alternative? (Like mixing Future with Clear Green)

http://i.imgur.com/LvCefVG.jpg

I love how the V-Fin looks and I'm sad I forgot to take a pic of what it looks like in the back :C

http://i.imgur.com/gn5EglI.jpg

Progress!

Plamobot
August 24, 2014, 11:09 AM
Very cool! Never thought to buff any paint/finish with a cloth. Might try that on my topcoated models; does it work well on acrylic flat coat?

Dlinker
August 24, 2014, 8:25 PM
Clear paint should stick just fine, but you have to make sure you don't make the layer too thick.

Zaku
August 24, 2014, 9:57 PM
Wow you are reeeealy getting good at this mate.

thwalker13
August 25, 2014, 7:45 AM
Some amazing progress man. The bust of the Hi-Nu is looking more and more amazing by the post!

V0LTES-V01
August 26, 2014, 10:00 AM
Progress is looking good pare! Anxious to see it finished.

Sazabee
August 29, 2014, 2:14 PM
So I got some work done on the Bust and it's also made me very mad...

I'll start with the good first... (Progress)

http://i.imgur.com/cgnNjQxl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/rCL42oWl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/mXXLzRFl.jpg

I'm not done with the head (Almost am though) because I need to paint the vents orange before wrapping it up lol. But I wanted to see what the V-Fin would look like :P

http://i.imgur.com/nX6urjOl.jpg

Took my boy linker's advice and painted the clear parts with Tamiya Clear/ISO and it came out real nice! Topped with Future and it does look really good :P

http://i.imgur.com/Pgcy0L4l.jpg

Now that's the good... I'm hopin that ya'll can help me with the bad :|

http://i.imgur.com/ttNAP4bl.jpg

I am almost 100% Positive that I fucked up this battery holder and rendered it unusable... I'm not very good at LEDs and don't have the proper tools for soldering so that's the reason... Would any of ya'll know where I can buy some of these to replace it and actually bring some light to the kit?

http://i.imgur.com/yv1nYAtl.jpg

On top of that I also broke the switch to turn the lights on... (Snapped the Positive I think[red]) :| What is this switch called and would I be able to replace it? And how...

http://i.imgur.com/gAhRtl9l.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/B9gcHoDl.jpg

And lastly what are these called...? I need them for the light to work and was wondering if I'd be able to just buy one and connect my LEDs that way since I believe the LED's have the connection for Male.

Please help guys... I'd like for the kit to have full working LEDs :|

Zaku
August 29, 2014, 2:41 PM
That thing is really looking good. And radio shack should have the batterie holder that size and a switch.

Plamobot
August 29, 2014, 2:52 PM
If the ol' Shack doesn't carry them, DigiKey (http://www.digikey.com) almost certainly does.

Saz, what type/wattage of soldering iron are you using? For something like this, you want a finepoint tip and no more than a 15W iron. Silver solder also helps a bit for really tiny connections, but any light/medium duty solder should be fine. (Shameless plug: I've done a lot of electronics stuff over the years, so I can help if needs be.)

Sazabee
August 29, 2014, 2:56 PM
If the ol' Shack doesn't carry them, DigiKey (http://www.digikey.com) almost certainly does.

Saz, what type/wattage of soldering iron are you using? For something like this, you want a finepoint tip and no more than a 15W iron. Silver solder also helps a bit for really tiny connections, but any light/medium duty solder should be fine. (Shameless plug: I've done a lot of electronics stuff over the years, so I can help if needs be.)

I have no idea... I got it from work but the Solder is thick :|

I'm definitely going to check the Shack for it this weekend cause I am so in pain for this...

I've never soldered and have literally 0 Experience with it :|

Would you know about the switch and if I can salvage the already pre-wired LEDs?

Plamobot
August 29, 2014, 3:28 PM
Yeah, salvaging the LEDs shouldn't a problem, and you can replace the switch with a similar one without any adverse effect. (Saw what others were posting on reddit, and they've got the right idea, too!)

Sazabee
September 15, 2014, 12:06 AM
I got one of the Club Members to help me with my LED since they we're gods at it lol...

Glad I started the club x.x

The head is done and I'm almost done with this kit.. Next chance I get to work on it I should finish up!

http://i.imgur.com/bzEZY3Il.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/6eB9a0Nl.jpg

http://i.imgur.com/OSybMs3l.jpg

I'm still alive ya'll!

Zaku
September 15, 2014, 12:53 AM
Damn thats nice. Amazing work man.

Plamobot
September 15, 2014, 8:34 AM
Wow! What's left?

thwalker13
September 15, 2014, 11:25 AM
That is one amazing looking bust man. Awesome work!

Shponglefan
September 15, 2014, 12:33 PM
That bust looks awesome and that LED lighting really adds to it! Good work!